Bidder will be painted by royal and sporting artist

The winner of an auction being run by Guildford YMCA will have their picture painted by British artist Darren Baker, who is famous for his portraits of sporting personalities such as boxer Amir Khan.

Amir Khan: subject of portrait
Amir Khan: subject of portrait
The artist, whose latest commission is for a portrait of the Queen, has also painted Formula 1 racing driver Lewis Hamilton and the ‘Magnificent 7’ collection of Manchester United players to have worn the number seven shirt for the club, including George Best, Eric Cantona and David Beckham.

Baker is offering the opportunity after speaking with his friend Shahid Azeem, who intends to raise £10,000 for the charity by collecting sponsorship for his London Marathon run.

“This really is a once-in-a-lifetime offer, because Darren’s reputation is increasing all the time,” said Peter Brayne, chief executive of YMCA Guildford. “To be painted by the artist painting the Queen is incredible and we are very grateful to him.”

The money raised from the auction will fund the charity’s Motivate project, which helps guide disadvantaged and marginalised young people back into education and training.

One of the training opportunities encourages 16 to 25-year-olds to join a 12-week development programme sponsored by the Prince’s Trust, the charity that supported Darren Baker in his early days.

Supporters can take part in the auction by emailing their bid to

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